There’s nothing like the satisfaction of preparing a gourmet dinner at home. Most recipes can be difficult to execute and require some culinary skill and patience. But when a complex meal is successfully prepared, the accomplishment is certainly sweet. While there are no guarantees in cooking, some say having the recipes from professional chefs gives the meal a leg up. Others say it’s all about fresh ingredients. Yet there are still others that claim it’s all in the cookware. For those who think using professional culinary tools is the key to a great meal, check out these five LA spots for the best cookware.
8777 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
www.surfasonline.comWhether you’re a food enthusiast or a professional chef, you’ll want to check out Surfas for all your culinary needs. Having served the Los Angeles area for more than 75 years, Surfas guarantees quality cookware, appliances, apparel, cutlery and furniture (and a lot more) for home and restaurants, no matter what your price range. For kitchen supplies from sauté pans, stock pots, braziers and roasting pans to the big stuff like refrigerators, freezers, storage shelves and convection ovens, Surfas will have whatever it is you need. It also has a café and offers cooking classes to help you break in your new tools.
www.bbqgalore.comBarbeque season is here, and if you’ve thought about upgrading the outdoor cooking equipment, now is the time and Barbeques Galore is the place. It has a wide range of smokers and grills like the Cook on 3-Burner for $299, a Captain Cook 4-Burner for $699 and an Odeon 32″ Island for $2,299 with dozens more in between. So if the old backyard is due for an upgrade, you’ll need to ask yourself, “How big do you want to go this summer?” Barbeques Galore also offers grilling classes like Beach BBQ Favorites, Smoking with the Big Green Egg, Date Night Surf & Turf, Grilling with Bourbon and Brunch on the Grill.
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7901 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
www.bargainfair.comLooking for knives? Well, Bargain Fair has cleavers and boning knives, pairing knives, butcher knives, steak knives, bread knives, Chef’s knives and, of course, knife sharpeners. Whether you’re looking to slice, dice, chop, mince or fillet your way into a gourmet meal, Bargain Fair will help get you there. It has a wide range of Mac Professional Knives and other chef knife sets at discount prices. The store is loaded with other kitchen accessories and necessities at bargain prices found nowhere else in LA. The store is cash only and parking can be a nightmare, but the deals are well worth it.
2946 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
www.chungs.coFor all your kitchen appliances, go to Chung’s. Going through a tofu and soymilk phase? Chung’s has the appliances to make it. Do you feel your fruits and veggies have too much moisture? Chung’s has a food dehydrator selection. From electric boilers to bread makers to rice cookers and coffee grinders, Chung’s has the appliance for you. You will find top-of-the-line coffee makers, steamers, pasta makers, food processors, blenders and much more all at low prices. And to make this place even more appealing, parking is a breeze.
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3910 W. Sunset Blvd.
Silver Lake, CA 90029
www.barkeepersilverlake.comIf you’re looking to cook up some cocktails for your next gathering, then you’ll need to stock up on some barware necessities. Bar Keep in Silverlake has everything you need from shaker tins to strainers and muddlers to bottle openers. Bar Keeper also has complete cocktail-making kits. Everything you need is included in an attractive, packaged set with spirits, glasses and tools to make cocktails like smokey martinis, old fashioneds and the newest James Bond cocktail trend, the “Vesper.” Bar Keeper even throws in the garnish to give your cocktails that professional look. Bar Keeper also has a grand selection of spirits, vintage cocktail glassware, decanters and a wide variety of gourmet bitters. It’s a one-stop shop for all your cocktail needs.
Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.